Having studied and been trained in the United States at the well-renowned U.C.L.A., Dr. Nakamaru’s philosophy and approach to dentistry is undeniably more western than Japanese, and his clinic offers more options and different kinds of treatment – most of which are not available at other dental clinics in Japan that operate under Japan’s National Health Insurance System (NHI). Dr. Nakamaru, a long-time critic of NHI, strongly believes that patients who receive treatment under NHI are receiving sub-standard care, and may be doing more long-term damage to their teeth than good.
One of the main reasons, he cites, is that Japanese dentists generally have to see more than twenty patients a day under NHI to keep their practice running. This results in patient visits that are time limited and often rushed. Dentists at Nakamaru Dental Clinic only see five patients a day, and each patient is given exceptionally personal, attentive care. Not only is the required work performed, but often also extra effort and consultation is given to their patients.